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E-log mandate rule could come next week, driver coercion rule in March

The OMB indicated Dec. 13 it has not yet cleared the electronic logging device mandate rule, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicated earlier this month it anticipates publishing a proposed rule Dec. 23.

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South Carolina port truckers must register for clean truck program before year’s end

After Dec. 31, the South Carolina Port Authority only will admit trucks registered in its Clean Truck Certification Program.

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New logging app/dispatching platform seeded by Google Ventures

The new KeepTruckin smartphone app for Android and iOS and web-based dispatching application is a computer-assisted log with much other functionality besides.

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Trucks carried 70 percent of U.S.’ $13.6 trillion in freight in 2012

Trucks moved 73.7 percent of the country's freight in 2012, according to the Department of Transportation, carrying $10 trillion worth of the country's $13.6 trillion in freight and 8 billion of the 11.7 billion tons hauled.

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Diesel price forecasted to see sharp dip in 2014

The national average price for a gallon of diesel fuel is still expected to fall 12 cents in 2014 to $3.77 a gallon, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration.

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Another take on broker bond increase: TIA says impact on brokers, industry will be minimal

The dropping numbers of brokers in FMCSA's database doesn't tell the whole story, says a TIA rep, and the impact of the broker bond increase on the trucking industry will be minimal, he added.

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35% of brokers have authority revoked in bond increase measure, broker group says

In a number that's been increasing every day since Dec. 1, 7,561 freight brokers are now shut down due to their failure to comply with bond increase required by the MAP-21, says James Lamb, AIPBA president.

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Log haulers in Oregon asking for exemption of hours rule break requirement

Timber haulers in Oregon are seeking an exemption to the 30-minute break required by the hours of service rule that went into effect July 1, saying environmental and seasonal restrictions already limit their ability to get logs to mills.

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West Virginia to get truck parking alert system

The West Virginia Division of Highways will offer a guidance system to alert truckers to available parking via roadway signs and the 511 Traveler Information platform.

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A little fuel dilution, soot, blow-by is OK

Some fuel dilution after idling, a little soot in your engine and some blow-by are (mostly) normal and not anything you should be worried about, writes Bruce Mallinson.

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